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Student-athletes combat heat as preseason practices begin

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Preseason practices have begun in the Capital Region, but the sun may be the student-athletes' biggest competition.

High temperatures greeted students Monday at Shaker High School’s football camp.

“The heat is absolutely excruciating,” one parent said.

“I mean, it’s not just the heat; it’s the humidity.”

“I’m just going to make sure he’s drinking water even before practice.”

With temperatures in the 90s, parents at Shaker were on the sidelines making sure their children were hydrated.

“You hear of kids – 12, 13 – that just drop on the field.”

That’s exactly what head football coach Greg Sheeler was trying to prevent. Shaker’s football camp was held indoors until the sun’s glare fell into the trees.

“Actually last week, we had a kid who was sweating and really losing a lot of fluid."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said football is the sport most associated with heat-related illnesses. In a 15-year span, the CDC said 31 high school football players died from heat stroke. August is the month most common for them to occur.

“I think every coach takes it seriously because when the time comes to administer first aid or CPR, obviously, you have somebody’s child under your care.”

“They didn’t push them and that makes me feel very comfortable,” one parent said.

"It's good to know that they're ahead of it and on it, and that takes away my job as a parent."

As more student-athletes head onto the field for preseason practices, doctors are cautioning guardians. The Mayo Clinic advises to watch out for faintness, dizziness and headaches.


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